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No one familiar with the effort to review — and perhaps modify — the county’s charter can refute the value of the effort. For the past 19 months, the Umatilla Charter Review Committee studied …

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday signed Senate Bill 1013, a bill that dramatically narrows who is eligible for the death penalty in this state. It was not the way to change Oregon’s death pe…

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A tip of the hat to the Umatilla Electric Co-op, Pacific Power and other utilities and state legislators for recognizing the challenges faced by rural mobile home owners and their effort to wo…

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While the 2019 Oregon Legislature did pass one law aimed at bringing reason to the state’s Public Employees Retirement System, that effort must not be the end of the reform road. Too many prob…

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The Oregon chapter of the AFL-CIO thinks it has a dandy idea: Limit self-checkout stands at grocery stores and Oregon will be a better place. It has filed an initiative petition with the Secre…

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Bill Currier, chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, wants to recall Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat. If Brown showed contempt for limits of the state constitution by abusing her power as govern…

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The 2019 legislative session will be remembered more for what it didn’t accomplish than for what it did, thanks in large measure to the two walkouts staged by Senate Republicans to block legis…

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You have to hand it to the folks at PETA — the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. They know how to get their names in the news. Whether it's trying to assert constitutional rights fo…

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Perhaps the action taken by the Senate Special Committee on Conduct against state Sen. Brian Boquist is meant only as a placeholder until an investigation into his threats against Senate Presi…

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Secretary of State Bev Clarno’s office released its latest audit on July 3, this one on the state of cybersecurity in the Department of Administrative Services, the state’s central administrat…

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State voters will get the final say on a couple of issues that occupied legislators this session — and it also seems likely that they’ll be called upon to pass judgment on one of the session’s…

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Legislative success can often be hard to come by the, but a tip of the hat to Oregon lawmakers for approving a bill that funnels more than $1 million to the education department for FFA programs.

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We’ve likely all had them, maybe at least once a day — those annoying robocalls that interrupt dinner or whatever else you happen to be doing at the time. Stopping them permanently may be diff…

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A tip of the hat to Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem, and other lawmakers for the passage of House Bill 2579, one of those rare feel-good pieces of legislation that makes a real difference. Dubbed the…